40th out of 45 books — 35 voters
The Age of Briggs & Stratton
by Peter Culley
Poetry. The world's largest manufacturer of the two-stroke engine may seem like an unusual jumping-off point for poetry. But Peter Culley's second book about his hometown Nanaimo stems from his realization that there is not an hour of his waking existence when he cannot somewhere hear a leaf blower, a lawn mower or another piece of Briggs & Stratton-powered machinery....more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by New Star Books
(first published April 20th 2008)
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I haven’t yet read Hammertown, arguably the precursor to this book, and wish that I had read them “in order,” as there seem to be intertextual references that I know I’m missing. But it’s a fantastic book, dense and complicated in a good way, and now that I’ve read it once I’m going to start it over again.